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Comment Re:Clinton is above the law (Score 0) 440

As to your conclusion, there are guys in prison today for violations of the exact same laws, and several are now attempting to appeal their sentences. At the time they were convicted, those laws were seen as strict liability, so their trial records do not include proof of intent. If those same laws, which haven't changed, require mens rea now, at the very least they need a retrial to establish intent.

Can you please name a couple of these guys? I don't know who you are referring to.

Also, I'm confused about what you said about 'intent'. Are you saying that these guys did not have intent, or simply that the government did not have prove it? It would seem that the recommendation to prosecute or not (by Comey?) would partly depend on that.

Comment Re:Why would I admit a lie is true? (Score 1) 99

For something more recent, was it Republicans or Democrats that were blocking Zika funding. HMM!

Looks to me like: Republicans put poison pills into the funding bill, and the Democrats therefore blocked it. So, if someone says 'here's a bill that everyone really, really need, but we're going to eviscerate these 3 other things that you like', then you should vote for it? What do you think this shows? To me it shows that the Republicans are holding the Zika funding hostage, but I'd love to hear your explanation for it.

Comment Re:Complete nonsense (Score 2) 400

By 2021, robots will have eliminated 6% of all jobs in the U.S., starting with customer service representatives and eventually truck and taxi drivers.

Bullshit. I work with robots and automation in my day job. This is a complete fabrication. We are not going to eliminate truck drivers within 5 years. End of story. Will not happen. The technology just isn't even close to being there yet.

The summary and article are a poor representation of the Forrester document. Look at the summary of the original here. It focuses primarily on cubicle work, office drones, assistants, etc. And it says 7% by 2025. The self-driving car / truck aspect is further in the future.

Comment Re:Fuzzy math in my opinion (Score 1) 400

I think robots replace jobs for less skilled labor.

There's no reason to think that this will continue into the future, especially since people are trying to replace the more skilled jobs.

More importantly, one of the things that the next generation of robots will do is greatly change the jobs that are not replaced. Robots will make a single worker far more efficient, replace most of the workers. An historical example is that machines have not gotten rid of farmers, they still exist. However, there are far, far fewer of them, as one farmer with machines can do the work of tens or hundreds of others; factory workers still exist too, and will indefinitely, just not very many. The same will happen in the 'skilled' jobs in the future. It's not that there will not be paralegals, doctors and nurses, photo-intepretation analysts, stock traders, programmers, etc,; there will be fewer (and eventually far fewer) of them.

Comment Re:These are decades old computer vision projects (Score 4, Informative) 60

The big change here is that they are releasing marked-up data sets. That makes all the difference. A good chunk of the progress in computer vision (along with better algorithms and processing power / gpus) has been the availability of good data sets, such as ImageNet.

Machine learning algorithms, and deep learning algorithms in particular, require a lot of labeled training data. That has been largely missing from satellite imagery, for two reasons. First, nobody wanted to give up the data itself. Second, nobody wanted to go through the pain of marking up the data (by hand). This means that people that went through the bother of getting the data and labeling it (meaning large defense contractors primarily) have had a lock on wide area search, finding ships at sea, etc.

Since I don't see it, here is the link to the data on AWS:

Comment Re:Subsidizing Businesses.... (Score 3, Interesting) 445

Nobody is throwing you anywhere. Use the computer that you want. Use the phone you want. Use the services that you want. Uber can either support your system or not, as they seem fit, and you can use it or not.

What's your complaint? 'Oh, I can't use this nice service because I've crippled myself, so nobody else should be able to use it either' ?

Comment Re:?This is new? (Score 1) 120

Yes, absolutely, electricity is a primary factor. But not the only one. You don't want a binary value, you want to be able to measure and understand subtle differences in poverty, and why specific areas are in poverty or not. So, it's a combination of how much electricity, how many roads and of what type, what sort of water access there is, what sort of roof / infrastructure there is. Combine day and night images, and you have a much more refined measurement than just whether or not there is electricity.

Free Link to arxiv paper by same authors with related title: Transfer Learning from Deep Features for Remote Sensing and Poverty Mapping. This is not the same paper, but related research. Like many authors they publish in Arxiv to get the information out there, and then 6 months later similarl research appears in a refereed journal.

Comment Re:If they have a warrant (Score 5, Insightful) 136

FWIW, the argument that 'metadata is not data', and so who you called does not require a warrant, based on Smith v Maryland. The Supreme Court ruled that gathering metadata does not constitute a search.

However, that was 1979, pre-internet. In light of the ability to collect massive amounts of metadata, from almost all aspects of a persons life, combined with the ability to computer analyze that information, I would argue that Smith v Maryland should be re-considered. In that case, it was decided on the idea that the gathering of metadata provided limited insight to a persons life, and that is no longer the case.

Comment Re: i know why too (Score 2) 188

I also hate NBC using Bob Costas as a studio host for the Olympics. That's a waste. Aside from the retiring Vin Scully, he's the best baseball announcers there is now. I'm sure he can do other sports very well. When baseball returns in 2020, I sure hope NBC has Costas call some of those games.

I love watching Bob Costas. He seems to realize that it's all complete crap, and so has fun with it. He does try to keep things moving along, during the interminable interviews and back-story pieces; I get the impression he'd really just rather have more sports and less talk.

Comment Re:Seriously fuck the Olympics (Score 2) 188

It would make sense to me to keep having it, but stop the 4-year circus of moving it around. Just have it in Greece, everybody gives a bunch of money to Greece to maintain the fields / equipment, during off-years people can train there (and know about the equipment). And fuck the IOC.

Comment Re: 'Murica! (Score 2) 447

1. There are plenty of people that live in metropolitan areas and go to hunt in rural areas.

2. It would be very odd / weird / unconstitutional to say 'well, we decided that your county doesn't get gun rights but this other county does; the fact that your county is overwhelmingly black and theirs is white is completely irrelevant, of course.'.

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